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Knife amnesty week in Hertfordshire
« on: May 18, 2006, 07:23:41 am »
Hertfordshire Constabulary is installing special disposal bins at police stations around the county so that people can dispose of 'lethal knives' during a national knife amnesty which runs from May 24 to June 30. Police say people will be able to hand in the potential weapons without fear of prosecution. Click here for more on the knife amnesty on BBC News Online. The Herts police news release is reproduced below.

May 17, 2006
BINS AT THE READY FOR KNIFE AMNESTY
By Corporate Communication Dept


THERE’S no chance of Hertfordshire being left behind in this year’s National Knife Amnesty. The County Community Safety Unit is getting ready for the latest campaign and has already started to deliver amnesty bins across the county

Community Safety Manager Roy Aldwin said: “We are determined to make this knife amnesty the most successful and by getting the bins out early we are giving people every possible opportunity to give up their weapons safely and anonymously.”

The national amnesty officially starts on May 24 and runs until June 30, allowing plenty of time for people who own a dangerous weapon to bring it in to be destroyed.

Thirty specially branded ‘disposal bins’ where people can get rid of their lethal weapons without fear of prosecution for possessing an offensive weapon are in the process of being delivered to police stations across the county.

Roy continued; “We are getting the branded disposal bins out early to ensure people have no excuses to stop them dropping any knives off during the amnesty.

“We are asking that anyone who has in their possession a knife, or any other offensive weapon, to hand it in - whether it is kept at their home, in business premises, or is carried around with them. We particularly want to encourage concerned parents or guardians of young people to bring in any weapons their children possess or have access to.

“If you have a knife I would advise you to take advantage of the amnesty and visit your local police station. The message is simple – save a life and bin that knife.”

If you have any information on people carrying knives then please contact Hertfordshire Constabulary on 0845 33 00 222 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

/ end of news release
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Re: Knife amnesty week in Hertfordshire
« Reply #1 on: May 24, 2006, 09:02:12 am »
More from Herts Police on the knife amnesty. The news release which was emailed to this site is reproduced below.

May 24, 2006
SAVE A LIFE AND BIN THAT KNIFE
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IN a positive bid to prevent another tragic death in the county, Hertfordshire Constabulary has today launched its 2006 Knife Amnesty.

Police station enquiry offices across the county have been fitted with specially branded disposal bins where people can get rid of their lethal weapons without fear of prosecution for possessing an offensive weapon*.

The Amnesty will run from May 24 right through to June 30, allowing plenty of time for people who own a dangerous weapon to bring it in for destruction.

“Every weapon handed in could save a life,” said Community Safety Manager Roy Aldwin. “The number of weapons handed in will not necessarily be an indication of the Amnesty’s success - we are aiming for lives to be saved and for far fewer people to be injured in Hertfordshire.

“Tackling knife culture, especially among young people, is essential for the continued safety of our communities. The message is simple – carrying knives on the streets will not be tolerated.”

Police are urging anyone who wants to dispose of a knife to ensure that it is transported safely, for example wrapped in cardboard. People are being asked to make sure they know where their nearest bin is and are urged not to stop off on route to the police station.

Last year (Jan 1 2005 to Dec 31 2005) there were 753 knife related crimes compared to 752 in 2004.

Ian Johnston, ACPO lead officer on crime, said: “Knives are very dangerous and it is unlawful to carry them for protection. People have been seriously injured or killed by knives in circumstances where those convicted state they had no intention of hurting anyone. Our message is simple – don’t carry knives for protection; it is unlawful and it is dangerous.

“We will be working with our communities to take as many knives off the street as possible during the amnesty. During the campaign we will also be targeting operations to identify those unlawfully carrying knives with a view to prosecuting them. Help us to help you make our communities safer. Taking knives out of circulation will definitely contribute to this.”

The amnesty is one of many tactics the Constabulary is using to prevent knife crime. After the enforcement surrounding the amnesty has finished work will continue in schools and colleges with specialist officers continuing the education aims.

Roy added: “As part of the campaign we are informing communities of the consequences of carrying knives. If you are found in possession of a knife you could face up to four years in prison – this could be a lot more if the knife is used to attack someone.

“We are asking that anyone who has in their possession a knife, or any other offensive weapon, to hand it in - whether it is kept at their home, in business premises, or is carried around with them. We particularly want to encourage concerned parents or guardians of young people to bring in any weapons their children possess or have access to.”

Police are also trying to encourage people who own lethal weapons for display purposes, such as ornaments or antiques, to ensure they are properly secured in a secure cabinet or fixed to the wall so they cannot be easily removed.

If you have any information on people carrying knives then please contact Hertfordshire Constabulary on 0845 33 00 222 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

/end of police news release.
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Re: Knife amnesty week in Hertfordshire
« Reply #2 on: June 02, 2006, 09:43:00 pm »
An update on the knife amnesty, just in from Herts Police.

June 2, 2006
KNIFE AMNESTY UPDATE
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NEARLY four hundred knives have been handed over to the Hertfordshire Constabulary during the first week of the national knife amnesty.

Between Wednesday May 24 and Wednesday May 31 383 knives have been deposited in the specially branded knife amnesty bins in Police Station enquiry offices across the county.

The knives consist of a selection of domestic and non domestic knives and some more unusual items including, a bill hook, cavalry sword and three samurai swords. Some other weapons which are not classed as knives have also been handed in, including a knuckle duster.

The amnesty will be finishing on June 30 and police are urging anyone with a knife to hand it in today. Police are also appealing for family members and friends who know people that carry knives to encourage them to hand their knives in.

Interim results for the first week (Wednesday May 24 and Wednesday May 31):

  • Eastern Area 151
  • Central Area 94
  • Western Area 138

Hertfordshire total = 383

/end of news release.  (we are in the central area).
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Re: Knife amnesty week in Hertfordshire
« Reply #3 on: June 09, 2006, 10:33:53 am »
Another update from Heftfordshire Police - this for week two of the knife amnesty.

June 9, 2006
KNIFE AMNESTY UPDATE – WEEK TWO
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POLICE saw a 30% rise in the number of knives handed in during the second week of the national knife amnesty.

Over the last week (Wednesday May 31 to Wednesday June 7) 552 knives were deposited in the specially branded knife amnesty bins in Police Station enquiry offices across the county. In the first two weeks of the amnesty a total of 935 knives have been handed in.

During the first week of the amnesty 383 knives were handed in.

The knives handed in during the second week consisted of a selection of domestic and non domestic knives. There were a number of unusual items handed in including a ceremonial sword, martial arts equipment, a selection of daggers and a brass knuckle duster.

The amnesty will be finishing on June 30 and police are urging anyone with a knife to hand it in today. Police are also appealing for family members and friends who know people that carry knives to encourage them to hand their knives in.

Interim results for the second week - Wednesday May 31 to Wednesday June 7. Week 1 results in ( ).

Eastern Area 298 (151)
Central Area 135 (94)
Western Area 119 (138)

Hertfordshire total = 552 (383)

/end of the news release

(we are in the Central area)

 
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Re: Knife amnesty week in Hertfordshire
« Reply #4 on: June 09, 2006, 01:25:25 pm »
I'm afraid you're going to have to prise mine from my cold dead hand.  How else would I peel my mid-morning apple?
 

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Re: Knife amnesty week in Hertfordshire
« Reply #5 on: June 15, 2006, 01:23:21 pm »
Latest weekly update on the knife amnesty from Hertfordshire Constabulary. The amnesty runs until the end of the month.

June 15, 2006
KNIFE AMNESTY UPDATE – WEEK THREE
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NEARLY 300 knives were handed in during the third week of the national knife amnesty.

Over the last week (Wednesday June 7 to Wednesday June 14) 280 knives were deposited in the specially branded knife amnesty bins in Police Station enquiry offices across the county.

During the first week of the amnesty 383 knives were handed in with 552 being handed in during the second week.

Roy Aldwin, County Community Safety Unit Manager, said: “In the first three weeks we have had 1215 knives handed in across the county. This is a very encouraging figure and if just one of these knives prevents someone from being killed or seriously injured then the amnesty has been a success.

“The amnesty will be running until the end of June and I would urge anyone that still carries a knife to hand it in today. Also, if you know anyone that is in possession of a knife please encourage them to take advantage of the amnesty – together we can clear the streets of knives.”

The knives handed in during the third week consisted of a selection of domestic and non domestic knives. There were a number of unusual items handed in including a walking cane sword, an Indian sword, a large bowie knife and a selection of flick knives. During the week a berretta BB Gun and Meat Cleaver were also handed in.

/end of police news release.
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Re: Knife amnesty week in Hertfordshire
« Reply #6 on: July 03, 2006, 09:26:09 pm »
Herts Constabulary says the knife amnesty resulted 2,198 weapons being handed in.



July 3, 2006
KNIFE AMNESTY SUCCESS
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MORE than 2,000 knives were surrendered in Hertfordshire during this year’s national knife amnesty. All the knives, swords and other lethal weapons collected at police stations across the county will now be destroyed.

Roy Aldwin, Manager of the County Community Safety Unit, said: “This amnesty has been a tremendous success and every one of the 2198 weapons handed in will now never be used to injure someone or be used in a crime.

“We appealed to the conscience of everyone who has access to bladed weapons. We asked them to surrender them for destruction and this plea seems to have had a profound effect. We have had a large number of weapons handed in and raised awareness of the terrible consequences of using bladed weapons.”

The amnesty started on May 24 and finished on June 30, during which time people were asked to surrender weapons, particularly knives and swords. For the period of the amnesty people were protected against prosecution for ‘possession of an offensive weapon’ providing they were taking it directly to a police station for destruction.

Roy added: “Over the next few months we will be concentrating on education and enforcement in a bid to remove knives from the streets and warn youths about the dangers of carrying knives.

“If you carry a knife out of self-defence, you run the risk of having it turned on you. Carrying a knife is illegal and will not be tolerated. It could land you a lengthy prison sentence.

“The message is simple – a knife in someone’s hand could possibly be a life in someone’s hand, so don’t carry a knife.”

During the amnesty the knives handed in included a selection of domestic and non domestic knives and some more unusual items including cavalry swords, samurai swords, fantasy knives and flick knives. Some other weapons which are not classed as knives have also been handed in, including a knuckle duster and baseball bat.


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Re: Knife amnesty week in Hertfordshire
« Reply #7 on: July 04, 2006, 05:39:18 pm »
Well 2000 knives off the street is good.

Lets hope thats 2000 people who now accept walking round with no weapons takes a lot more self respect, but hey the rest of us manage dont we?
 

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Re: Knife amnesty week in Hertfordshire
« Reply #8 on: January 10, 2007, 09:27:40 pm »
Just in from Herts police. Outside our patch, but close enough to make it worth mentioning.

January 10, 2007
SHOPKEEPER THREATENED WITH KNIFE
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POLICE are appealing for witnesses and information after a newsagent in Colney Heath was threatened with a knife.

The incident occurred at around 7am on Monday, January 8. One of the offenders entered the Colney Heath Newsagents in the High Street at about 6.45am, before the offence and purchased a cold drink before leaving. At that time, he was wearing a grey tracksuit top on over the top of his other clothes.

He then returned with another man – they were carrying a crowbar and a knife and demanded money from the 46 year old shopkeeper. He handed over a small quantity of cash and the offenders made off on foot in the direction of Coursers Lane.

It is believed that they would have used a vehicle which may have been parked in this vicinity.

The first man is described as a black male, 6ft, slim, in his 20s and with slight stubble on his face. He was wearing a black beanie hat, a hoodie with horizontal grey and blue stripes, grey tracksuit bottoms and black trainers.

The second offender is also a black male, around 5ft 8ins tall, medium build, aged in his 20s, wearing all black clothing and a black hat.

PC Rob Moore said: “Were you in the store around that time and do you recognise these descriptions?

“Colney Heath is a small area and unfamiliar people or vehicles would stand out. Do you remember seeing anything suspicious on that day?

“If you can help, please ring 01707 638235. Alternatively, you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. All calls will be treated in the strictest confidence.”
 
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Re: Knife amnesty week in Hertfordshire
« Reply #9 on: September 24, 2008, 06:41:21 am »
Metal detection arches are to be used at some stations, pubs and clubs in Hertfordshire in an effort to deter people from carrying knives. Click here for more.
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Re: Knife amnesty week in Hertfordshire
« Reply #10 on: September 25, 2008, 09:41:20 pm »
True story....

A local teenager calls Herts police (yesterday, 24 Sept 2008) to find out whether they are allowed to take kitchen knives to university so they can chop food to cook their tea....

Five times they are transferred to another number within the Hertfordshire Constabulary and the fifth transfer ends up with a recorded message and an answer phone.

Teenager, frustrated with the lack of personal contact hangs up....

What message does that give to a teenager who is honestly trying to find out what the law says about what is acceptable and what is not?

Pathetic.

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Re: Knife amnesty week in Hertfordshire
« Reply #11 on: September 25, 2008, 11:24:00 pm »
Not sure to be honest Dave. It took me exactly 33 seconds with Google to find out the current knife laws:

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*Law prohibits possession of knives in public without good reason or lawful authority
*Except folding pocket knife with blade no more than three inches Beareau
*Individual has to demonstrate good reason for possession in public place eg sporting purposes, part of a profession

which suggests to me he or she would be fine.

Would you consider ringing up the police to find out if it is acceptable to do something else? Surely you would phone the Citizens Advice or similar, or alternatively try http://www.askthe.police.uk/ which I found linked off the Herts Police website.

I'm all for believing that public servants should be responsive and available, but when they are as badly strapped for resources as they are, and the information that you were after is in the public domain, I don't really have a problem with the response they gave. Did the young person leave an answerphone message?

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Re: Knife amnesty week in Hertfordshire
« Reply #12 on: September 26, 2008, 12:51:37 am »
not everyone has access to the internet james and to be honest this is the one thing that winds me up as a law-abding taxpayer.. the fact that our police force and access to the police service is so difficult. billions of £s being wasted on millenium domes and olympic games and local councils having ther subsidies cut by the government due to the amount of money spent in afganistan and iraq.. knife crime and crime in general goes up in the meantime and our 999 emergency services (especially the police) are harder to call out to protect us!!! sorry to rant so much but so many government inspired changes are going against the common person that you wonder whats going on..  :icon_scratch:
 

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Re: Knife amnesty week in Hertfordshire
« Reply #13 on: September 26, 2008, 04:29:47 am »

Did the young person leave an answerphone message?



No, they gave up.

And although there are websites making the rules clear, and despite having read these, there is not a handy bullet point that explains how students should equip themselves for a shared kitchen where they are likely to have to cut up food for their dinner without breaking the law.

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Re: Knife amnesty week in Hertfordshire
« Reply #14 on: September 26, 2008, 06:59:01 am »
Dave

I would have thought the third point in the checklist I posted above covered shared kitchens quite easily - if a shared kitchen does count as a public place, then I would have thought food preparation would be a valid reason for having a knife!

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I am in full agreement about what the government is doing to our police farce. If you really want to get depressed, have a read of http://inspectorgadget.wordpress.com/ about how the police now have to warm up water they use in water cannons to control crowds in case the people being targeted get too cold, or how police dogs are unable to be used in most cases to avoid the risk of upsetting people's religious sensitivities or 1000s of other PC rubbish. I do appreciate that not everyone has got access to the internet, however if the young person was that concerned about the rules I would have expected them to leave an answerphone message which they didn't, so it's a no win situation really.

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Re: Knife amnesty week in Hertfordshire
« Reply #15 on: September 26, 2008, 07:11:38 am »
Hi James,

I think you are right, but what would happen if a student was stopped as they were travelling to university and were found to be carrying five kitchen knives in a holdall?  Would they be believed? Perhaps they would, and they could quote that bullet point above etc, but it's a risk, and probably not one worth taking.

My main point was about communications. I realise the police are stretched, but clearly, those who passed the call from one to another didn't hve a crib sheet entitled 'What to do when a member of the public phones up with a question about potentially dangerous knives'.

Searching the web for plastic kitchen knives.

 ;)

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Re: Knife amnesty week in Hertfordshire
« Reply #16 on: July 13, 2017, 09:29:16 am »
From the local neighbourhood watch team.

Hertfordshire knife amnesty July 17-23

Dear Watch Member,

Hertfordshire Constabulary is taking part in a national knife crime campaign, Operation Sceptre, which aims to rid the UK’s streets of knives.

The amnesty will run between Monday July 17 and Sunday July 23, during which members of the public will be able to surrender any unwanted knives to the police anonymously and without fear of prosecution for possession of these items.

Hertfordshire remains one of the safest counties in the country and has low levels of knife crime. However, these kinds of crimes have been on the increase across the country, and the amnesty is being carried out to support the national campaign and to highlight the dangers of carrying knives.

The amnesty also provides an opportunity to educate young people about the dangers, give crime prevention advice and raise awareness amongst local businesses that selling certain knives to anyone under 18 is illegal.

Any knives in your possession that you do not want or should not have can be surrendered at one of the following police stations: Hatfield, Stevenage or Watford. During the amnesty you can surrender knives anonymously in the knife bins provided. The locations and opening times of these stations can be found at www.herts.police.uk.

If you need to reply regarding this message, click on this email address: fcrenquiries@herts.pnn.police.uk

Regards,
Daniel Atkinson
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